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Charles Stankievech

Musagetes and University of Guelph, School of Fine Art and Music, co-present a lecture by Berlin-based artist Charles Stankievech on Tuesday, March 5, at 6pm at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Musagetes and the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph have partnered to create a Visiting Artist Program. This collaboration will bring internationally exhibiting artists, whose artwork focuses on social engagement or participatory practices, to Guelph.



 Charles Stankievech the program’s inaugural artist. Stankievech will lecture about his current and upcoming projects, and conduct studio visits with School of Fine Art MFA candidates and selected fourth-year undergraduates.

Charles Stankievech creates fieldworks, books, films, soundworks, and sculptures. He blends science with science fiction, extensive research with performative spectacle, and architecture with armament. His work shifts perceptual boundaries while critically examining the history, specificity, and geopolitics of location. 

He has submerged microphones at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers to broadcast sounds of river flow and shifting ice. He mimicked a rock band world tour by traveling around the globe, firing off model rockets at locations associated with ballistic missile development. His recent work, The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond, is a film installation produced while he was artist-in-residence with the Canadian Armed Forces. Shot at the CFS ALERT Signals Intelligence Station—the northern most settlement on earth—during the continuous darkness of winter, the film showcases a star-filled sky and references the confounding scale of an abandoned space station.


Charles Stankievech (born 1978, in Okotoks, Canada) has exhibited in venues such as Palais de Tokyo (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), Xth Biennale of Architecture (Venice), NGBK + HKW (Berlin), ISSUE Project Room (New York), Musee d’art Contemporain Montreal, Canadian Centre for Architecture and MASSMoCA. In 2011 he was the West Coast/Yukon finalist for the Sobey Art Award.

In 2012 he was artist-in-residence at Flaggfabrikken (Norway), MARFA Fieldwork International Research Program (Marfa, Texas). He has also held residencies with the Canadian Forces Artist Program, MuseumsQuartier (Vienna, Austria), Nodar Artist Residency Center (Portugal), Waterpod (NYC), Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida), Banff Centre for the Arts, and artLAB San Servolo Artist Residency (Venice).

His writings appear in academic journals such as Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and 306090 (Princeton Architectural Press), as well as experimental texts in art publications. Since 2011, he has served as co-director of the art and theory press K.

CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, please contact the project coordinator, Anna Cox .

Musagetes is an international organization that strives to make the arts more central and meaningful in peoples’ lives, in our communities, and in our societies. Musagetes works in Guelph, Sudbury, Lecce (IT), and Rijeka (HR) to demonstrate how art can be participatory and socially engaged, and to establish a greater sense of belonging in communities.  For more about Musagetes, click here.

VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: Weppler Mahovsky

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky   

Alexander Hall, Room 100 Monday, February 25, 6:00pm 
Free admission - all are welcome

Rhonda Weppler (based in San Francisco) and Trevor Mahovsky (based in Toronto) have worked collaboratively since 2004. Their sculptures, essentially still life at life scale, are presented as models that are ambiguously bracketed off from the world they depict. Generated by laborious, drawn-out working processes, and often precariously balanced or otherwise ephemeral, their work focuses attention upon its coming into and out of existence.  Their most recent work, All Night Convenience, was a 300 square-foot lantern mimicking a fully stocked corner store, created for the 2012 edition of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.   Exhibitions include: National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Tokyo Wonder Site, loop-raum (Berlin), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 516Arts (Albuquerque).

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JOHN ONIANS Art and the Brain: How the Neuroscientist Can Help the Art Historian

7 P.M. Tuesday February 26, 2013

Rozanski Hall, room 105, University of Guelph

Free Admission - All Welcome - Free parking in P31 after 5pm

Art historians have been trying for centuries to understand what goes on in the artists' mind.  They have also been trying to answer big questions, such as 'why is art a universal activity, but why it is so different at different times and in different places?'  Now, thanks to the discoveries of neuroscientists in the last thirty years art historians have a new way to engage with these problems.  The conclusions of the new 'neuroarthistorians' are always revealing and sometimes astonishing.

VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: John Zeppetelli

Monday, February 4, 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome


John Zeppetelli is the curator for DHC/ART Foundation in Montreal.  The inaugural exhibition in 2007 was a survey of British sculptor Marc Quinn. It was followed by the group show "Re-enactments", which presented installations by Haroun Farocki, Stan Douglas, Nancy Davenport, Kerry Tribe, Paul Pfeiffer and Ann Lislegaard. Subsequent exhibition programming has included solo exhibitions by Sophie Calle, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jenny Holzer, Berlinde DeBruyckere, Ceal Floyer, John Currin, Christian Marclay, and Ryoji Ikeda. A recent thematic exhibition "Chronicles of a Disappearance" included Philippe Parreno, Taryn Simon, Teresa Margolles, José Toirac and Omer Fast. DHC/ART’s current exhibition is "Thomas Demand: Animations".  Before joining DHC/ART, John Zeppetelli devised public programs and organized exhibitions at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal and at the ICA, London.

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Alexander Hall, Room 100
Monday, January 28, 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome

Kitty Scott is the recently appointed curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Previously, she was director of Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, the chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.  Scott has curated exhibitions of artists such as Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff, Peter Doig, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Ken Lum, and Ron Terada, and was a curatorial agent for dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Kassel.  Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues and journals including Parachute, Parkett, and Canadian Art.  She has contributed to numerous books on curatorial studies and written texts for monographic publications on the work of Matthew Barney, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, and Daniel Richter; and for the publication Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, London, New York, 2010).  As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions including Bankside Browser (2000) for Tate Modern, London, and Universal Pictures (1999) at the Melbourne International Biennial.  Scott was the Canadian coordinator for the Seventh International Istanbul Biennial (2001) and also worked on the inaugural SITE Santa Fe Biennial (1995).

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*Please note NEW LOCATION: Alexander Hall, Room 100
Monday, January 21, 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome

Art Green, was a founding member of Chicago’s infamous “Hairy Who”.  His work has been the subject of 25 solo shows, and is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Institute of Chicago and Vienna’s Museum Moderner Kunst, among others.  Recently, Green's paintings were featured in the major exhibition of “Chicago Imagists” at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and another at Thomas Danes Gallery in London, England.  Art Green is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

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ART HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES presents: Dr. Christina Smylitopoulos

A Nabob's Progress: Graphic Satire and British Imperial Excess

Tuesday January 29 th

5:00 pm

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

Lecture room

Reception to follow

Dr. Christina Smylitopoulos is a specialist in art and visual culture of the long eighteenth century. She received her PhD from McGill University and, before joining the art history faculty at the University of Guelph, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for British Art. Her current research traces the significance of Regency illustrated books, which occupy an unclear position in the trajectory from stand-alone Georgian graphic satire to the Victorian comic.




Visiting Artists & Speakers presents: Luis Jacob


6pm Alexander Hall Rm.100 (NEW LOCATION!)


Working as artist, curator, and writer, Luis Jacob's diverse practice addresses issues of social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience.

Recent solo exhibitions of his work include Show Your Wound, Galerie Max Mayer, Duesseldorf and Birch Libralato, Toronto (2012); A Finger in the Pie, A Foot in the Door, A Leg in Quicksand, Kunsthalle Lingen (2012); Pictures at an Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011); Tableaux Vivants, Fonderie Darling, Montréal (2010); 7 Pictures of Nothing Repeated Four Times, in Gratitude, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2009); and Habitat, Kunstverein Hamburg, (2008).

Recent group exhibitions include Taipei Biennial 2012, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Surplus Authors, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2012); Animism, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); If We Can’t Get It Together, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2008); and Documenta 12, Kassel (2007).

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The Mystery of Bethlehem

Saturday December 1, 2012

University of Guelph Symphonic and Women's Choirs present

The Mystery of Bethlehem

Conductors Marta McCarthy and Lanny Fleming
Church of Our Lady, 28 Norfolk Street, Guelph
Accompanist: Betty Maher

Featuring: The Mystery of Bethlehem by Healey Willan, Joseph Carere, organ, and the Guelph Chamber Players, orchestra.

Tickets available in advance by calling 519-824-4120 x52991 or at the door starting at 7pm.

General Admission $15
Students & Seniors $10


VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: Geoffrey Farmer


Geoffrey Farmer

LOCATION: MacLachlan Building, room 102

MONDAY, OCT 29th 6:00pm

 Free admission - all are welcome

 Research based and context-specific, the installations of Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer involve a chaotic but vividly imagined post-minimal theatricality.

 Selected solo exhibitions include: Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Casey Kaplan, New York; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Prominent group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA 13; Istanbul Biennial; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San

Francisco; National Gallery of Canada, Sydney Biennial; Tate Modern, London.  

 A major retrospective of his artwork is planned at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 2014.

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